Words by Mike Styles
Our tropical friends from Chicago, Itzi Nallah and the CumbiaSazo! crew have been touring westward and covering lots of land far and away from their Pilsen community in the Windy C. The team’s been properly representing their phenomenal monthly that squeezes in over 800 party people often..and just about every time! A growing name in the alternative latin and global bass spaces internationally, the CumbiaSazo! crew fundraised (SUPPORT!) and immediately set out on their powered by the people, Connection Tour in order to continue to build with supporting and like-minded collectives across the states. We are most excited about this particular collaboration happening this Wednesday, September 16th, as CumbiaSazo! joins forces with our Boyle Heights fam SUBSUELO! Bogart of Whiskey Barons also joins the party and the RSVP list is already hanging out the door at Eastside Luv Bar y Queso. We took witness and participated in CumbiaSazo!’s party at Chicago’s Double Door and a couple of other events earlier this year and highly suggest this event LA!
Check Itzi and Crew’s recent feature on KPFK’s Soundwaves!
SUBSUELO EVENT PAGE & Other Upcoming Dates in San Diego, Oakland, SF and CHI>>
El Dopa was born and raised in the LA area to an international family. DJing since ’98, he got his degree in Sociology and studied Ethnomusicology in college, which included classes on Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Afro-Latin Music and more. In 2012, El Dopa took his sound internationally when he toured Brasil making strong connections while picking up gigs along the way. Here in the states he’s been featured at some of the most sought out parties including Low End Theory, Afro Funke, our own Re:Fresh, Motown on Mondays, FEx (Chicago), Austin Reggae Festival, and Brazilian Day Arizona, to name more than just a few. As a producer he’s assisted on records with Aloe Blacc, GZA, Raekwon, El Michels Affair, Guru and Dakah Hip-Hop Orchestra. He was a very early influencer of Beats of All-Nations, before its inception, from the time we met him back in 2001. We’re glad to call him a friend, mentor and all around great mind! We are glad you can finally explore the world of music through the scope of El Dopa on this two part mix for Beats of All-Nations Radio Episode 012.
“[This mix is] a tribute to Oliver Sacks that exemplifies the idea that music was the original language of humans and is now a powerful unifying and therapeutic force. Part 2 focuses on music from Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean, both new and classics. I used a combination of turntables & CDJs and sampled spoken words using my iPhone.”
-DJ EL DOPA
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